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Re-evaluating Brutalism on the Foyles blog

‘Its ideals, as realised in skilled and innovative design displaying in buildings such as Erno Goldfinger’s Trellick Tower and Denys Lasdun’s National Theatre, can invoke the sublime with their expressed structure, massed forms and exposed materials of concrete, block and brick.’
Simon Phipps on re-evaluating Brutalism for the Foyles blog.


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Brutal London – out today!

I’m delighted to write that Brutal London, a collection of Simon Phipps’s photography of the Brutalist architecture of London, is published today.


It has been very heartening to see the reaction and support from many architecture and design enthusiasts online already, so thank you if you have been part of that. It’s also been great to hear from bookshops and other retailers who will be stocking the book, and I’ll be packing up posters today for those who want to display them. If you’re a retailer and would like one, please feel free to drop me a line at ed [at] septemberpublishing [dot] org.


I thought I’d pick a highlight from the book to showcase on the blog. It comes from my home borough of Wandsworth, and is accompanied below by Simon’s explanatory text. It’s a visually very striking spread with building information which really furthered my knowledge of the origins of the Brutalist movement.



We’ll be posting blogs and other bits of upcoming press here. I thought today I’d share a sentence by Simon which appears in a soon-to-be-published blog piece, and which echoes my feelings about the book entirely:

‘I am hopeful that the book will contribute by acting as an incentive for people to roam, to walk the city and give consideration to the great wealth of Brutalist and modernist architecture bestowed upon London by visionary architects.’

Roam away! And do share your experience with us on Twitter @septemberbooks or Instagram @septemberpublishing.

Ed Griffiths, editor and publicist

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The Gold Rush continues

Jim Richards appeared on BBC World Service Outlook yesterday to talk about Gold Rush.


Listen again here at 33’27.

His events around the country continue, with the Geological Society North West‘s event last night at Manchester University, where he was grilled by some very keen post-graduates. Events at Swansea, Conwy and the Natural History Museum in London are still to come.